Navy's DeVoe signs 10-year contract Arrangement is similar to Weatherbie's deal

September 03, 1997|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Navy basketball coach Don DeVoe helped to make a bit of college sports history yesterday by signing a 10-year contract extending through the year 2007.

It is similar in length to the 10-year contract signed by head football coach Charlie Weatherbie last year.

"I think I can safely say that we have the only coaching tandem in the country with contracts of that length," said athletic director Jack Lengyl.

"Both DeVoe and Weatherbie are coaches who represent the academy in the best possible way on and off the court or field, and this is our commitment to their quality of coaching."

Since coming to Annapolis in 1992, DeVoe, 56, has amassed an 80-62 record and led the Midshipmen to NCAA berths in 1994 and 1996.

With an overall record of 408-290 in 24 years, DeVoe is one of only 11 coaches to have taken three colleges -- Virginia, Tennessee and Navy -- to the NCAA tournament. This past season, the Mids won the Patriot League title with a 20-9 record.

"When I was struggling my first year here [8-19], I could have never dreamed of this," said DeVoe, a teammate of Bob Knight's at Ohio State who later served as Knight's assistant at Army.

"This is a great reward and incentive to me. I'm elated they showed the confidence to let me carry the ball for that long, and I'm happy that my children will have a chance to complete their schooling here."

The Mids were eliminated in the opening round of the NCAA Western Regional by Utah.

"I can't get discouraged by losing to a team that was seeded No. 2," he said. "But I know we can continue to compete successfully in a league where academics are stressed and everyone's not on scholarship."

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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